Cambridge woman pleads guilty to two counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Cambridge, ON (February 7, 2013) – Laura Ferguson of Cambridge, Ontario, has pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.


On March 5, 2012, the Cambridge and District Humane Society received a call of concern for a dog lacking proper food or care.  Ferguson was charged on March 29, 2012, after she was found with a dog in her possession that was kept in a dark basement, without food, water or bedding. There was no dog food on the premises other than a bag of rice that was being fed to the dog.


The two-year-old Pit Bull-type dog named Cookie was extremely emaciated and had long overgrown nails.  Sadly, Cookie was unable to recover from her poor condition. The remaining animals that were in Ferguson’s home, a senior cat, a kitten and a new baby bunny were surrendered to the Humane Society.


Ferguson pleaded guilty to two counts under the Ontario SPCA Act.


11.1(1) fail to provide adequate food and water

11.1(1) did fail to provide necessary care


Ferguson was sentenced with two years prohibition from living with caring for or owning an animal and restitution in the amount of $1,841.60 to the Cambridge and District Humane Society.  Under the Probation Order, if Ferguson does not comply with all standards, inspection rights, owns animals or fails to pay restitution, she will violate her probation and will face excessive fines, jail time or both.


“No animal should ever have to suffer, at the hands of an irresponsible owner,” said Senior Inspector Grandel. “We encourage anyone witnessing acts of cruelty to animals to call their local Ontario SPCA.”


Media Contact:

Executive Director Bonnie L. Deekon

Cambridge and District Humane Society

1(519) 623-7722


“The Cambridge and District Humane Society would like to remind everyone if you have a concern for the welfare of an animal that you contact the Society as soon as possible.”


The Cambridge and District Humane Society is mandated under the Ontario SPCA act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the act provides our agent with police powers to do so. We are a registered charity in the Province of Ontario, receiving no assistance from the government and would certainly appreciate assistance from the public to enable us continue helping animals in distress.